Over the past few years, there has been a growing controversy surrounding Apple and their iPhones. Many users have begun to suspect that Apple is deliberately slowing down their phones in order to force them to upgrade to newer models. This suspicion has only grown in recent years, with Apple admitting to intentionally slowing down older iPhones in 2017.
The controversy dates back to 2016 when a Reddit user made a post claiming that their iPhone had slowed down significantly after updating to iOS 10. Three months later, a study by a Harvard professor and a professional software developer backed up this claim, showing that iPhones became slower after software updates.
When Apple finally admitted to slowing down older iPhones in 2017, they claimed it was an attempt to preserve aging batteries and prevent unexpected shutdowns. Apple argued that as the battery degraded over time, it became less capable of providing the necessary power for the iPhone to function at full speed. In response, Apple released a software update that would throttle the performance of the iPhone in order to prevent these unexpected shutdowns.
While Apple’s explanation seems reasonable, many users are still skeptical. Some argue that Apple intentionally slows down older phones to push people to upgrade to newer models. Others argue that Apple could have simply issued warnings to users about their aging batteries and let them decide whether or not to replace them.
Regardless of the motive behind Apple’s decision, one thing is clear: it has resulted in a significant amount of backlash from users. Many view Apple’s actions as a breach of trust, and it has led to numerous lawsuits against the company. In response, Apple has made some changes, such as offering discounted battery replacements and giving users more control over their phone’s performance.
Ultimately, the truth behind Apple’s decision to slow down older iPhones may never be fully known. However, one thing is clear: companies like Apple have a responsibility to be transparent with their users and to prioritize their needs over profit. Only time will tell whether or not Apple will heed this advice and make changes that restore the trust of their customers.